“The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks,” a Nationals spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. “Jayson is cooperating with the authorities. As it is an ongoing legal matter, the team has no further comment.”
Werth was not immediately available for comment. The defense attorney listed in the court file, Rodney Leffler, did not immediately return a phone message.
Werth, 35, is batting with .279/.370/.430 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI in the fourth season of a seven-year, $126 million contract. Werth has recently been dealing with shoulder inflammation and was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night to receive further tests.
The charge was first reported by fan blog NatsEnquirer.com.